GRPD introduces policy following race concerns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As part of an effort to improve transparency and relations between police and the community, the Grand Rapids Police Department has introduced an impartial policing policy.

“This is the culmination of two training sessions that we undertook to address these underlying societal issues of bias based policing,” GRPD Police Chief David Rahinsky said in Tuesday release. “This codifies what we have been doing but we want to make sure the public is aware of it.”

The policy’s purpose is to uphold the constitutional rights of people regardless of race, religion, gender or any other factor that could lead to biased policing. Its goals are to reaffirm unbiased practices and establish procedures to assure the public that GRPD is policing in lawfully.

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The policy comes following concerns from the community about a recent study’s findings that black drivers are twice as likely as others to be pulled over in the city.

All employees of the police department have been given a copy of the new rules and are expected to adhere by them, GRPD said.